News18.com Daybreak| #BeingAWoman Series; Chandrababu Naidu's Revolt & Stories You May Have Missed

Mar 08, 2018, 03:44 AM

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Today, we are celebrating women-- our sheroes. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, News18.com has put together a series— #BeingAWoman— to celebrate womanhood in today’s India.

Meet Seema, 27, who is one of the first women who was trained and employed by Even Cargo, a startup that offers delivery services for e-commerce companies. All of its half a dozen delivery personnel are women. She has been going from door-to-door to deliver packages for the last 18 months.

Anne Frank’s account of her days in the secret annex and how she dealt with her life when confined by space, relationships and the lack of opportunities gave a woman courage and hope. Here, she writes about her ‘best friend’ in her darkest days.

Eram Agha writes a piece on her reporting days in Aligarh and her struggles with battling every day sexism. No matter which police station she called or visited for a story, she was greeted as "Haan Eram Bhaiyya bolo." (Yes brother tell me.) This was replicated in AMU as well when some people would call her, “Aur Eram Agha Sahab, kal kya likh rahin hain aap?”

When Madonna released her album ‘Music’ in 2001, the one song that captured everyone’s mind was ‘What It Feels Like For A Girl’. This was way before #MeToo happened, and way before women started going out on night walks to occupy public spaces. Madonna taught young women that it’s alright to be a ‘Girl Gone Wild’.

From turning brothels into classrooms to adventure biking— meet the seven women who are breaking the barrier.

On a day when Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu warned of severing ties with the NDA, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reached out to him saying the Centre will stand by all its commitments regarding the funds that were promised to the state after its bifurcation. However, he added a rider, saying, “Sentiments do not define the quantum of funds” as the Centre has to look at a number of things.

Naidu, however, has decided to pull out Telugu Desam Party's two ministers from the Union Cabinet, but said that the party would remain in alliance with the BJP, for now. Referring to Jaitley’s statement that the Centre had already given Rs 4,000 crore to the state, he said that the government is more interested in showing calculations than helping out.

After Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah reportedly refused to give technocrat Sam Pitroda a nomination from Karnataka, Congress is most likely to nominate him from Gujarat.

The BJP released a list of eight candidates for the upcoming elections to the Rajya Sabha to be held in six different states. Five of the six states, for which candidates have been announced, have BJP governments while the sixth has a BJP alliance in power. Among the big names that feature on the list is that of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jaitley is currently a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, where he was elected to the Upper House in April 2012. His term ends next month and instead of seeking re-election from Gujarat, he will be nominated from Uttar Pradesh.

An imposing statue of communist icon Vladimir Lenin, which was pulled down by a group of people in South Tripura's Belonia, will be kept at the premises of the municipal body, a top official has said. The nearly 11-ft tall fibre glass statue was brought down at Belonia town, headquarters of South Tripura district days after the BJP's victory in the Assembly elections in Tripura where a 25-year-long communist government was ousted.

After Lenin and Periyar statues, a statue of B R Ambedkar was vandalised in Meerut district’s Mawana Khurd. Uttar Pradesh police swung into action and rushed a team to the spot to avoid any untoward incident. However, sources said that it is not a “fall-out of any political vendetta”, but related to local caste tension.

With by-elections in Uttar Pradesh's Phulpur and Gorakhpur inching closer, all the political parties and their leaders are continuously camping in the two constituencies and are leaving no stone unturned in ord...